How social sciences can help accelerate the climate movement

When business students or sustainability professionals seek to upskill themselves, they are often advised to strengthen their natural science expertise (learning about renewable energy, nature-based solutions, climate science); their reporting prowess (frameworks such as SASB, TCFD or GRI); or their quantification abilities (greenhouse gas footprint accounting or climate scenario analysis courses). While these skills are … Read more

Friends Who ‘Click’ Have Something Peculiar in Common: Their Smell

Have you ever met a perfect stranger and felt like you ‘clicked’ almost immediately? Well, that feeling of chemistry might actually be chemistry. An Israeli study recruited twenty pairs of same-sex, platonic friends who said they clicked when they met. Using an electronic nose (and volunteers who heroically agreed to sniff T-shirts worn overnight), the … Read more

What is computational social science?

What is Computational Social Science? The amount of data tracked by online apps and social media platforms has skyrocketed in recent years. This means researchers and analysts now have access to an almost infinite pool of data on the social behavior of people online. Computational social science is a field in which researchers use this … Read more

Activating social science for flood risk and resilience planning in Louisiana and beyond.

Climate change is increasingly threatening the homes, health, livelihoods and cultural heritage of communities across Louisiana’s coast. The Bayou State is experiencing the fastest rate of coastal land loss in the country and has already lost nearly 2,000 square miles of land since the 1930s. Louisiana is taking important steps to address this risk, implementing … Read more

Social Stress Has Been Linked to Accelerated Immune Aging. Here’s What You Need to Know

As people age, their immune systems naturally begin to decline. This aging of the immune system, called immunosenescence, may be an important part of such age-related health problems as cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as older people less effective response to vaccines. But not all immune systems age at the same rate. In our … Read more

Social Isolation Actually Changes The Structure of Our Brains, Neuroimaging Reveals

Why do we get a buzz from being in large groups at festivals, jubilees and other public events? According to the social brain hypothesis, it is because the human brain specifically evolved to support social interactions. Studies have shown that belonging to a group can lead to improved wellbeing and increased satisfaction with life. Unfortunately … Read more

Medical Science Must Go Hand In Hand With Social Science For Effective Control Of Covid-19 And Other Pandemics

Open bottle of prescription PrEP Pills for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis to help protect people from HIV. getty We find ourselves in a particularly challenging stage of the pandemic. While proving to be effective at reducing hospitalizations, and severe disease, our best vaccines have failed to protect against infection. While Paxlovid has been an effective line of … Read more

Social stress can speed up immune system aging

Credit: CC0 Public Domain As people age, their immune systems naturally begin to decline. This aging of the immune system, called immunosenescence, may be an important part of such age-related health problems as cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as older people less effective response to vaccines. But not all immune systems age at the … Read more

PREP graduates, IMSD scholars honored; learn social side of science

Catherine Nagawa, PhD’22 (right), with Brian Lewis, PhD, is an IMSD scholar who helped organize the social side of science event. Say you’re at a cocktail party or a dinner. Networking is involved — a job could be on the line. Which hand should you use to hold your drink? And on what side of … Read more